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    Ernie O'Guevara got a reaction from Fodla32 in Immigration now a serious problem in Ireland   
    In my opinion, a communist state in the face of opposing imperialist nations should have the recommended border controls as you say...But surely workers should have the right to live in Ireland if they so desire? I disagree with the immigration policy of just sending once liberated workers of Eastern Europe into our country to export their wage slavery, but should not a Polish worker still have a right to live in Ireland, if they are an educated comrade from another socialist state themselves? What if a Cuban wished to move to a Socialist Ireland for work? Also, yes whilst Irish culture should be protected, what is wrong with having other cultures or races being a part of that. A study was once done by Nat Geo proving that the only pure Gaels living in this country are the Travellers. The rest have mixed British, Scandinavian and Spanish roots, with traces of ethnic Irish in there also. In a capitalist society, the alienation is apparent by the proletariat in the form of racism, not in socialism, just ask Paul Robeson, as he told Joe McCarthy:
     
    In Russia I felt for the first time like a full human being. No colour prejudice like in Mississippi, no colour prejudice like in Washington.  
    There should always be regulation on immigration, but allowance of other races and cultures, as well as tolerance of them.
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    Ernie O'Guevara got a reaction from Fodla32 in Historians of Ireland   
    Anyone know where I can read Ruairi O'Bradaigh's Dilseacht. I am beginning research for a short book on a Marxist internationalist perspective on 20th century Irish history, I think O'Bradaigh's book would be an invaluable source.
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    Ernie O'Guevara got a reaction from Fodla32 in Historians of Ireland   
    Still got plenty of books to read myself, must pop by Connolly Books next time in Dublin and see their selection of history
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    Ernie O'Guevara got a reaction from Fodla32 in Historians of Ireland   
    Anyone know where I can read Ruairi O'Bradaigh's Dilseacht. I am beginning research for a short book on a Marxist internationalist perspective on 20th century Irish history, I think O'Bradaigh's book would be an invaluable source.
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    Ernie O'Guevara got a reaction from Fodla32 in Less than 1,000 native Irish speaking children in Gaeltacht primary schools.   
    I think a lot of people feel distance from Irish in this country by the educational system, I'm only doing the LC now, and I find Irish tough. It can be quite an alienating subject through the way it is taught. I think in a socialist Ireland, we should continue compulsory Irish but reform it from De Valeraism.
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    Ernie O'Guevara got a reaction from Fodla32 in Terence MacSwiney   
    Some old British newsreels that show off some Irish history:
     

     
    Traolach Mac Suibhne in his offices in Cork
     

     His funeral
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    Ernie O'Guevara got a reaction from Fodla32 in Monument to Comrade Stalin unveiled in Crimea Feb 2015   
    Wow, I have to respect Putin even though he is a reactionary, he truly shows respect to this man who was a hero of his country. All Russians, Georgians, Kazakhs, Ukrainians etc. should be proud they had Stalin lead them to victory against the Third Reich.
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    Ernie O'Guevara got a reaction from Fodla32 in Historians of Ireland   
    Still got plenty of books to read myself, must pop by Connolly Books next time in Dublin and see their selection of history
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    Ernie O'Guevara got a reaction from Fodla32 in Historians of Ireland   
    Go raibh maith agat, a chara. I have similar difficulties with international history regarding Joseph Stalin, but thankfully our friends overseas on the internet have pointed me in the right direction. Highly recommend "The Battle for China's PAst" by Mobo Gao for the truth on Mao's Cultural Revolution.
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    Ernie O'Guevara got a reaction from martin1922 in Historians of Ireland   
    It may be out of print here, but not on Amazon anyway. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Gates-Flew-Open-Prison-Memoir/dp/1781171696/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1423261462&sr=8-2&keywords=peadar+o%27donnell
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    Ernie O'Guevara got a reaction from martin1922 in Historians of Ireland   
    It may be out of print here, but not on Amazon anyway. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Gates-Flew-Open-Prison-Memoir/dp/1781171696/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1423261462&sr=8-2&keywords=peadar+o%27donnell
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    Ernie O'Guevara got a reaction from Fodla32 in Historians of Ireland   
    Comrades,
    Any good historians on Irish history you'd recommend, particularly around the War Against the Free State, James Connolly, Irish history post Treaty etc.
     
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    Ernie O'Guevara got a reaction from Fodla32 in American Historian Doug "Enaa" Greene Lectures   
    Excellent objective lecture on the role of the Catalan POUM in the aborted Spanish Revolution.
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    Ernie O'Guevara got a reaction from Fodla32 in American Historian Doug "Enaa" Greene Lectures   
    This Youtuber has some interesting historical lectures available on his channel, I must recommend them to you all.
     

     
    This one focuses on the father of our movement, Seamus O Conghaile.
     
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    Ernie O'Guevara got a reaction from Fodla32 in A Third of Japan's Workers are Temps on less than Irish minimum wage   
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvOLvT-RpXU69uNZhjfmyCA
     
    Anyone interested in Japan from a Marxist perspective should look no further than this Comrade's Youtube channel.
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    Ernie O'Guevara got a reaction from Fodla32 in Will Syriza’s Greece go the same way as Chile under Allende?   
    I think it will be a little more subtle than that, a Chara. Something along the lines of events in Venezuela today....
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    Ernie O'Guevara got a reaction from Fodla32 in Was the 1956 Hungarian Uprising an Anti-Jewish Pogrom?   
    Yes, in fact David Irving gave a talk on this.
    I know he's a Neo-Nazi holocaust denier but he's quite professional and I admire some of his work. I personally think it was the Nazi elements left in Hungary spreading lies of "Judaeo-Bolshevism," that caused the uprising. The Hungarians were fascist and several of the rebels wanted Horthy back, they were Nazis nothing more, nothing less.
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    Ernie O'Guevara got a reaction from Fodla32 in List of Vital Websites and Blogs   
    http://www.invent-the-future.org/
     
    Excellent site by anti-imperialists
     
    http://anti-imperialism.com/
     
    Some cool Maoists here, always provide good content, publish Seize the Time Magazine
     
    http://kasamaproject.org/
     
    This is a website set up by the Revolutionary Communist Party USA in reaction to the Tea Party Movement as a form of opposition to "crony capitalism" 
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    Ernie O'Guevara got a reaction from Fodla32 in “Greater Israel”: The Zionist Plan for the Middle East   
    Considering Zionists have actually seized land which is not theirs from Egypt, Syria and Jordan as well as Palestine, and only relinquished in some cases, this is not at all surprising. If Saudi Arabia were to fall I'm sure the US would immediately initiate such a project to extend their spheres of influence. With nuclear arms Israel have the capability.
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    Ernie O'Guevara reacted to Fodla32 in The Mark Steel Lectures-Karl Marx 1/3   
    A comic account of Marx's ideas. If you get past the confrontational first line he says, its well worth a look, and he explains dialectics very well:
     
     


     
     
     


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    Ernie O'Guevara reacted to Fodla32 in 1925 Irish Famine - Caused by Free State Regime   
    The governing party, Cumann na nGaedheal, were committed to bringing the country back onto an even keel.  However, this led to one of the darkest chapters in Ireland’s economic history when they attempted to cover up severe levels of starvation among substantial numbers of the population.
    The government plan was simple and will resonate with many today – extreme austerity. A highly conservative party, they were committed to trickle down economics seeing large farmers as the engine of the economy. Therefore they tried to cut the richer farmers’ tax and costs while also reducing government expenditure – regardless of the social cost.
     
    In 1923, they supported these farming interests in a vicious labour dispute that saw wages slashed by 16% and the seven-day working week reintroduced. In 1924 Finance Minister Ernest Blythe cut the old age pension by 10%, something that would haunt the government in years to come.
     
    The harvest in 1923 and, in particular, 1924 was nothing short of disastrous. The weather, while not particularly cold, was unusually wet. Crop yields collapsed. The potato – still the main food source for many rural poor – rotted in the fields. Fodder was impossible to find and animal stocks died in large numbers from hunger related diseases. To compound this crisis, it was not possible to dry out turf – the main fuel source for the rural poor.
     
    The worst affected areas were in the west of Ireland and particularly the Atlantic Islands. These areas hadn’t been changed much in decades.
     
     
    Full article:
     
    http://www.thejournal.ie/1925-famine-1740003-Oct2014/
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